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32 Forms of Ganapati: Srishti Ganapati - The 23rd Form

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Importance of Lord Ganapati

Srishti Ganapati

Ganapati or Ganesha is the son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. He is hailed as a remover of obstacles and a harbinger of success, and is both loved and venerated. He has an elephant face, but also has a primordial form with a human head. He is celebrated as a hero of strength, as a happy dancer, as a sweet child and many more. It is considered a good custom to seek his blessings while starting any endeavor or undertaking any venture. Ganapati veneration is done from very ancient times, and Ganapatyam, the Ganapati worship, has been established by Saint Adi Shankara, as one of the six fundamental forms of worship in Hindu religion.

Importance of Srishti Ganapati form

Srishti Ganapati is regarded as the 23rd among the 32 different forms of Ganapati. The Sanskrit word ‘Srishti’ simply means ‘creation’. Srishti Ganapati thus remains the God of creation, a role normally attributed to Lord Brahma. He is also believed to be an integral part of all his creations and thus, the representative Lord of all the manifestations in the universe. Srishti Ganapati is a kind form, appears in a crimson-red complexion and is happily seated on Mooshika Vahana, his well-celebrated mouse mount. He has a single face and four hands, is holding his own broken tusk in his principal right hand, and is having an elephant goad, noose and mango fruit, in the others.

Significance of Worshipping Srishti Ganapati

The Srishti Ganapati form of Ganesha is a kind and considerate aspect of the Lord. As one who gave up one of his own tusks and hence, is appearing only with the other, he is thus believed to be assuring his devotees of his selfless love for them and his readiness for any sacrifice for their welfare. Devotees also believe that his worship would bestow them with good clarity of thoughts and sound sense of discrimination.

This form of Ganesha can be seen as a painting in the Kerala capital Thiruvananthapuram and as a sculpture in some temples in Mysore region, where all the 32 Ganapati forms are on display. However, this Lord can be worshipped in an idol form, in the very famous hill temple of Swaminatha Swami, that is, Lord Muruga, at Swami Malai, near Kumbakonam, in Tamil Nadu state. Star Kettai, also known as Jyestha Nakshatra, is said to be related to Srishti Ganapati.

Chanting the Srishti Ganapathi mantra with faith, can be an effective means of propitiating the powerful Lord. describes his form in detail, hails him as ‘Ganapati, the Creator’, seeks his blessings and prays for his grace.

The Mantra, which reads as under in Sanskrit,

Pashankusha Svadantamraphalavan Akhuvahanaha|

Vighnam Nihantu Nah Shonah Srishidaksho Vinayakaha||

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